Labour market snapshots

The monthly Labour Market Snapshot offers a quick overview of B.C.'s labour market. You'll find industry and regional highlights, as well as information on provincial employment, unemployment and participation rates.

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August 2020

B.C. employment trends

Industry highlights

Jobs (% change
since last month)
Jobs (change
since last month)
Accommodation and Food Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,400
Agriculture Jobs (% change
since last month)
+26.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+6,600
Construction Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.8%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+3,900
Educational Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-2,400
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-200
Health Care and Social Assistance Jobs (% change
since last month)
+1.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+4,100
Manufacturing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,500
Other Primary Jobs (% change
since last month)
+3.9%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+1,500
Other Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
+11.1%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+10,400
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Jobs (% change
since last month)
-4.6%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-10,800
Public Administration Jobs (% change
since last month)
-0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-500
Transportation and Warehousing Jobs (% change
since last month)
+0.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+500
Utilities Jobs (% change
since last month)
+14.4%
Jobs (change
since last month)
+2,700
Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs (% change
since last month)
-2.7%
Jobs (change
since last month)
-10,400

Source: Labour Force Survey (monthly, seasonally adjusted)

Regional highlights

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Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Unemployment rate (%) August 2020 vs August 2019
Cariboo August 202010.4% vs August 20196.2%
Kootenay August 202011.3% vs August 20196.0%
Mainland / Southwest August 202012.3% vs August 20194.7%
Abbotsford August 2020 8.2% vs August 2019 5.1%
Mission August 2020 8.2% vs August 2019 5.1%
Vancouver August 2020 12.8% vs August 2019 4.4%
North Coast & Nechako August 202012.2% vs August 20195.0%
Northeast August 20207.0% vs August 20195.5%
Thompson-Okanagan August 202010.1% vs August 20194.6%
Kelowna August 2020 9.0% vs August 2019 4.4%
Vancouver Island / Coast August 202010.3% vs August 20194.2%
Victoria August 2020 10.3% vs August 2019 3.3%

Source: Monthly Labour Force Survey, 3-month moving average, seasonally unadjusted